09:41AM | 06/06/03
Member Since: 06/05/03
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We just bought our first house and I really want to re-do the kitchen cabinets. They are maple and I don;t like the color of them- its sort of yellowish. What is the best way to remove the finish on them? Is there a way I can lighten the wood? Or should I paint them white? Someone suggested I white wash them but I don't know how to do that. Does anyone know where I can find a picture on the web of an example of white washing would look like?



03:24AM | 06/07/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
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Whitewashed wood is basicly white stain but a little on the heavy side. You should be able to find samples of white stain at your local paint store. In order to to this to your cabinets you will have to strip off all of the finish on them now with a chemical stripper. This can be time consuming depending on what type of finish is on your cabinets and how many coats are on them. Also bear in mind that these strippers have strong fumes and you will need to have very good ventilation.
In order to paint them you need to sand, wipe down with paint thinner and then wash with amonia and water. This is make sure the cabinets are clean of grease that is found in kitchens. Then you will need to prime them with a pigmented shellac such as Zinsser BIN which has great adhesion and stain blocking ability. The finish to use if available in your area is Duron Signature Select Acrylic Semi-Gloss, which has great block resistance (doors and drawers won't stick to each other) and lays down like an oil based paint. If this not avalable in your area just be sure to ask about the block resistance of the finish paint as some acrylic paints don't have any at all and will cause problems. You will want to use and acylic latex topcoat as they don't yellow like oils and are easier to use. Oh and be sure to go to a paint store and not a big box to get your paint as that is your best bet for getting the right product.
Good luck on your project.
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